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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating More details Details
Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.Go to site
More info
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Go to site
More info
Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
$50 credit on some plans in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.Go to site
More info
$50 credit on some plans in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Powershop
Green Company
Powershop
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
2020 Finder Green Award Winner (Traditional brand).Enquire now
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2020 Finder Green Award Winner (Traditional brand).
Energy Locals
Green Company
Energy Locals
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
2020 Finder Green Award Winner (Retail brand)Go to site
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2020 Finder Green Award Winner (Retail brand)
Kogan Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
Monthly billing
N/A

Green options

Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Go to site
More info
Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Enquire now
More info
Click Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
New customers in NSW, VIC, SA & South East QLD can receive $30 in bill credits a month in the first three months.Go to site
More info
New customers in NSW, VIC, SA & South East QLD can receive $30 in bill credits a month in the first three months.
OVO Energy
NSW
QLD
SA
Monthly billing
N/A

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Carbon-neutral provider with no exit fees. You can also earn interest if you use less than your β€˜calculated average’. Go to site to learn more.Go to site
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Carbon-neutral provider with no exit fees. You can also earn interest if you use less than your β€˜calculated average’. Go to site to learn more.
Power Direct
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Enquire now
More info
Dodo
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Enquire now
More info
Lumo Energy
VIC
SA
VIC
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Enquire now
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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating More details Details
Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.Go to site
More info
No exit fees or lock-in contracts on most of their market offerings.
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Go to site
More info
Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
$50 credit on some plans in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.Go to site
More info
$50 credit on some plans in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Red Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Enquire now
More info
Simply Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
More info
Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Enquire now
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Cheapest big 3 plan

Methodology: The following pick was made by checking prices of AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia on our energy engine on 1 July 2020.

The following list is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in SA (Postcode: 5000) who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. The estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from our picks. Always check the provider's site before applying. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.

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Plan: Origin Max Saver Online Special

Stands at: 16% less than reference price

Estimated quarterly price: $386

Between the big 3 retailers (AGL, Energy Australia and Origin), Origin has the best electricity plan for South Australia this month, offering power at 16% below the reference price. So long as you don't mind paying online by direct debits and installing the Origin app, you can get this guaranteed discount on your power for a year.

The plan runs month to month with no contract and has a 10-day cooling off period in case you change your mind.

Cheap electricity in SA

Methodology: The following list was made using prices found checking our energy engine on 1 July 2020.

The following list of cheap plans is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in SA (Postcode: 5000) who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. The estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from our picks. Always check the provider's site before applying. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.

Rates

PlanReference price Estimated quarterly price BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + Solar25% less$343BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat25% less$343BPID
Kogan Energy Market Offer20% less$368BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + Solar + Smart19% less$369BPID
Powerclub: Powerbank Home Flat + Smart19% less$369BPID
Powershop: Shopper Market Offer13% less$374BPID
Powershop: PowershopLITE16% less$383BPID
Origin Max Saver - Online Special16% less$386BPID
AGL: Residential Essentials - No Exit Fee14% less$394BPID
GloBird: GloSave (Flat Rate With No CTL Load )-SAPN6% less$396BPID
ReAmped Handshake | Anytime14% less$396BPID
GloBird: EasySave (Flat Rate With No CTL Load )-SAPN13% less$397BPID
AGL: Residential Essentials Saver - No Exit Fee13% less$398BPID
Origin Flexi13% less$399BPID
Discover Energy: SA POWER Residential Single Rate Smart Saver12% less$403BPID
OVO: The One Plan12% less$403BPID
GloBird: Combo (Flat Rate With No CTL Load )-SAPN6% less$405BPID
Powerdirect Residential Rate Saver - No Exit Fee11% less$407BPID
Diamond Energy: Everyday Renewable Saver1% less$408BPID
ReAmped Classic | Anytime10% less$411BPID

Cheap gas plans in SA

Methodology: The following list was made using prices found checking our energy engine on 1 July 2020.

The following list of cheap plans is a general guide only and may change at any time. We compared prices based on a residential customer in SA (Postcode: 5000) who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. The estimated price includes conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded from our picks. Always check the provider's site before applying. Your actual bill may vary, depending on your usage.

PlanTariff typeEstimated quarterly priceBPID
Alinta Energy: No Fuss GasSingle Rate$196BPID
GloBird: GasEasySaveSave (Excluding Tanunda Area )-AGNSingle Rate$196BPID
GloBird: GasCombo (Excluding Tanunda Area )-AGNSingle Rate$197BPID
GloBird: GasGloSave (Excluding Tanunda Area )-AGNSingle Rate$197BPID
AGL: Residential Essentials Saver Online - No Exit FeeSingle Rate$199BPID
AGL: Residential Essentials Saver - No Exit FeeSingle Rate$199BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red Saver (Bundled)Single Rate$202BPID
Red Energy: Qantas Red SaverSingle Rate$202BPID
Red Energy: Living Energy SaverSingle Rate$202BPID
Red Energy: Red EV SaverSingle Rate$202BPID

Is electricity expensive in SA?

...on average, a household could be charged around $1,560 annually.

SA is one of the more expensive states for electricity, with the average rate being $0.39 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

What does this mean?

Standard household usage in SA is around 4,000 kWh over a year. This means a household could be charged is around $1,560 annually ($0.39 x 4,000) on average.

Note: This example is a general guide and doesn't include fixed daily supply charges and other fees. Household usage has been taken from AER's Default Market Offer Prices Report and is based on the SA Power Network.

List of energy providers in SA

South Australia residents can choose from the following energy retailers:

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Main energy plans in SA

AGL - Residential Essentials Saver

Variable rate electricity with flexible payment options and choice of monthly billing. You don't have to pay any exit fees, and you get a benefit period of 12 months. Customers have a choice of between 10 and 100% GreenPower.

EnergyAustralia - Total Plan Home

With the Total Plan, you receive fixed energy rates and a guaranteed discount off your entire electricity bill for the benefit period of 12 months. Customers who opt in receive complete carbon offsets on their power after 6 months, plus the option of 10 to 100% GreenPower. Can be billed monthly.

Origin - Max Saver

Get variable rate electricity with a benefit period of 12 months. To join this plan, you have to accept online communications and billing, pay by direct debit, and install the Origin app. You won't have to pay exit fees, and there are options of 25 to 100% GreenPower.

Powershop - Shopper Market Offer

A variable rate electricity plan with no connection fee when you change to a new property, with flexible payments and monthly billing. Pre-purchasing your energy in the Powershop will let you receive significant extra savings on your power bill. You may also choose to add 100% GreenPower.

Lumo Energy - Lumo Basic

Simple variable rate electricity with flexible payment options and the choice of monthly billing. No lock-in contract or benefit period, and the option of 10% GreenPower.

Note: Plan information last checked on July 2020.

What type of energy discounts do providers in SA offer?

To help you find out what energy discounts are available to you, we searched through all the energy plans available to South Australians. These are the major discount types on offer:

  • Bill credits. Get a certain amount of money deducted from your energy bills. Usually a sign up offer.
  • Guaranteed discount. A very reliable type of discount which doesn't require any special conditions and always applies.
  • Direct debit discount. Paying automatically by direct debit will save you a certain percentage off your energy bill.
  • Pay on time discount. If you pay every bill on time, you'll get an ongoing discount. Missing a bill or paying late removes this.

The most common type of discount in South Australia is a guaranteed discount. Discounts usually only apply for a set period of time and then expire, something known as the benefit period.

Discount typeExampleProviders that offer the discount
Bill credits$75 credit for online sign up
Up to $40/$240 bonus credit p.a.
AGL
AGL
Pay on time discountsDiscount on total bill
Discount on total usage
Diamond Energy
Elysian Energy
Direct debit discountsDiamond Energy
Guaranteed discountsDiscount on total bill
Discount on total usage
Energy Australia, Origin Energy, Powerdirect
Origin Energy
Other special discountsMega Pack
Free Power Bonus
Powershop
Energy Locals

Last checked December 2019

How much is the energy rebate in SA?

A rebate or concession is an amount of money refunded on your energy bill. To get a rebate, you'll usually need to meet a certain condition, such as being a concession card holder.

Your rebate will either be a flat dollar amount or a percentage of your bill. To see what South Australia has available, check out our guide to energy rebates and concessions under the South Australian section.

When are off-peak and on-peak periods in SA?

Like many states, South Australia splits power use into two periods: peak and off-peak. Unlike other states, though, very few retailers offer time-of-use tariffs that actually differentiate pricing between these periods, and will usually only sell them to businesses. Here's how they're defined for the plans that do:

  • Peak. 7am - 9pm on weekdays. Period of highest demand and therefore highest prices.
  • Off-peak. All other times (9pm - 7am weekdays, all weekend). Lower power demand across the state, meaning lower power prices.

How to read a meter in SA

A meter reading can be carried out either by you or a qualified technician. The technician route is simple, only requiring you to make sure the technician can access your meter easily alone. A smart meter cannot be manually read.

Before reading your own meter, do a quick safety check. Inspect the meter and its housing for any signs of damage from water, animals, or melted and burned pieces. How you read your meter will depend on what kind you have, explained in our meter reading guide in more detail.

  • Smart meter. These take usage readings about every 30 minutes. You can't read them manually, and must log into your retailer's page and request a usage chart.
  • Clock face meter. Write down the number on each clock face from left to right. When dials are between two numbers, take the lower. Don't read the dial labelled 1/10. Your usage will be your meter reading minus the reading from your previous bill.
  • Electronic meter. Pressing the "display" button should show your usage, potentially cycling through several different readings. Note them all down.

How often will you get your bill?

Electricity bills in South Australia are required to be delivered every 3 months at least, but retailers may decide to deliver them monthly instead. Here's how three big energy providers handle billing in the state:

  • Origin. Bills come monthly on the Origin Max Saver plan. Bills will not be mailed in paper form as part of this plan, only sent via email.
  • Energy Australia. The No Frills plan only offers quarterly billing, not monthly. Getting a paper bill delivered will attract an extra cost over having it emailed.
  • AGL. With AGL's Residential Essential Savers Plan, you'll get a bill quarterly by default but can choose to go monthly instead. Bills are sent regularly by email or mailed out for an additional charge.

How do you connect electricity in SA?

Moving house requires you to cut off power at the old address and switch on the lights at the new one. Failing to update your energy accounts may result in you paying for other people's usage. Here's how you can handle it:

  • Use the previous provider. If you're a fan of your current energy plan, just contact your retailer and let them figure out the move for you. Just remember that you might not be able to access your old plan at a different property.
  • Get your agent or landlord to do it. Renters will sometimes have their energy account be the responsibility of their landlord. That means you can talk the details through with them and let them handle the business of switching, including any applicable fees.
  • Compare online. Moving house is an excellent time to review your power plan and maybe switch to something better. You may be able to get a better deal than what you have now by comparing online, allowing you to save money on future bills.

South Australians who don't sort out their energy account when moving in may receive "dear customer/occupier" letters from the current supplier of power to the property. Ignoring these letters can result in your utilities being cut off, so make sure you sort your energy arrangements as soon as possible.

In South Australia, there is only a single electricity distributor, SA Power Networks. They will charge you a fee for connecting and disconnecting your properties as shown in this table.

DistributorConnection/disconnection fee
SA Power Networks$50.25

How to get cheaper energy

  • Compare base rates. The actual amount you pay per unit of energy is the most important part of an energy plan. After all other discounts and features have been accounted for, lower base usage rates generally mean cheaper electricity.
  • Examine discounts. Discounts are offered as conditional, where you have to meet certain conditions for them to apply, and guaranteed, which apply no matter what. Both only apply for the benefit period listed on your contract, though guaranteed discounts are usually better.
  • Tariff alternatives. Rather than sticking to a default single rate, you might consider a time of use tariff depending on when you use your energy. If most of your energy use is in the morning and early afternoon, a time of use tariff can help you save by splitting the day into more expensive peak times and cheaper off-peak periods. Primarily off-peak power usage may translate to a smaller bill.
  • Review plans regularly. Staying on a plan for a long time doesn't usually bring any advantages, since variable rates can change and benefit periods expire after a year or two. Shopping around for a new energy plan every year or so can help you secure a better deal on your energy.

Key terms in SA

1. Understand these terms before you compare

To ensure you have access to the best electricity deals, here are the key terms you should understand and look out for:

2. Review your personal needs

The more competitive the energy market in South Australia, the more choices you have as a consumer. Lots of providers offer discounts, tailored plans and special offers depending on when and how you use your electricity and gas, so taking your personal needs into account is essential to getting the best deal. Before buying, ask yourself:

  • What time of the day do you use the most electricity and gas?
  • Are you happy to pay by credit card if it means you can receive a discount? Or do you want to pay through direct debit?
  • Do you prefer a single rate tariff? If you are generally always home, this might be the way to go.
  • Would you rather a tariff that changes based on the time of day? If you're only home at later times, it might be worth considering a 'time of day' tariff.

Knowing the answer to these questions should make it much easier to find the cheapest electricity plans in SA.

3. Compare plan features

If you're ready to compare plan features, here's what to look for:

FeatureDetails
Tariff optionsYou can usually choose between a single rate tariff or one that charges you a time of use tariff.
DiscountsYou can get discounts for paying on time, for signing long-term contracts and for bundling gas and electricity plans together. Many energy plans offer discounts β€” the key is to find one that extends its discounts to customers beyond the first stages of your contract.
Cancellation feesWatch out for policies with termination fees. This can range from around $40 to $100 and will be specified in your contract. No-lock-in contracts are a viable alternative if you don't want cancellation fees.
PaymentIf you're not sure you will be able to pay bills on time with one form of payment, go for a flexible plan. If you want to save, you can often get a discount for paying with a credit card.
Digital energy toolsYou can measure your energy consumption with a range of apps and online tools. Knowing exactly what and where your energy use comes from could help you find a better deal in the future.

How to compare electricity

Consider adding in definitions of "standing offer", "reference price", and "default market offer (DMO)" instead of leaving in a separate section. Also consider cutting or condensing entries like tariff types and termination fees (almost no energy plans have fixed contracts with exit fees).

Switching

Your choice of retail provider can make a noticeable difference to the size of your energy bill. Once you've compared electricity and gas plans and chosen a new provider, it's relatively easy to switch. It's simply a matter of applying with the new provider and cancelling your existing plan. Your new provider should generally be able to supply your energy by the next day.

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